Many people know the German Shepherd as a faithful and very intelligent breed. But not everyone knows that during the Second World War a new breed was bred on its basis - the Daufman Shepherd, which was the exact opposite of its ancestor.
Daufman Shepherd Story
Since the beginning of World War II, since 1939, the Nazis began to create concentration camps. In order to instill fear in the prisoners and suppress even thoughts of escape, the prisoners were guarded by dogs. But the German shepherd, according to Hitler, was too "soft" in character. She did not have that thirst for murder, the willingness to tear to pieces, which the Nazis so would like to see in their guards. Therefore, the staff of the cynological laboratory was ordered to somehow increase the aggressiveness of this breed.
By order of Hitler, a new breed of dog was developed based on the German Shepherd, which is characterized by increased aggressiveness
The project was directly developed by Professor Daufman, by whose name the new shepherd got its name. How exactly the new breed was bred is still not known for certain. To date, all documents relating to this are classified and stored in the Library of Congress. Therefore, in the history of the Daufman Shepherd there are a lot of incomprehensible moments.
The resulting breed possessed cruelty and resourcefulness, but at the same time was rather cowardly. Therefore, it was said that the blood of an African hyena was added to the blood of German shepherds. But the set of chromosomes in these animals is different, and neither then nor now it is almost impossible to combine them in order to obtain some kind of hybrid.
It might have meant a hyena-like dog, but it would have been strange to breed a killer dog, initially infusing the blood of an animal known for its cowardice. In addition, the new breed was bred in a little over a year, while any experiments on creating hybrids usually last several years, and even take time to evaluate and adjust the result.
More plausible is the hypothesis that new dogs were simply raised from German shepherds. They did this by cruel methods, for example, dressed in the form of prisoners of concentration camps and beat dogs with metal rods. After that, the connection between form and violence against them was firmly entrenched in the minds of animals, so it is no wonder that they hated prisoners and, only seeing them, broke off their leashes to cling to these people.
In addition, communication with animals came to naught, they did not see affection at all. A dog that has grown up under such conditions, regardless of breed, becomes aggressive and cowardly.
Appearance and temperament of the new breed
The Daufman Shepherd Dog is not recognized by any cynological association, there are no clubs for lovers of this breed and breeders, and therefore there is no standard. The resulting dog looks like a German shepherd:
- this is a large animal (about 75 cm at the withers);
- the muzzle is slightly squarer than that of the German shepherd, the jaws are strong, well developed;
- ears are erect;
- eyes shades of brown;
- black or dark color;
- the coat is stiff and fits snugly to the body.
There are not many photographs of Daufman shepherds, the number of individuals is not known for certain.
Daufman Sheepdogs were used to guard and bully prisoners of concentration camps
The main character traits of Sheepdog Sheepdogs were ferocity, cunning, cowardice. On the whole, they coped with the task set by the Reich perfectly - they hated prisoners and were ready to cling to anyone. The prisoners, in turn, were really afraid of these killer animals.
Best of all, the character of a Daufman dog can be seen in a story that happened to Hitler's favorite Blondie Shepherd. Once on a hunt, Hitler got dirty in the blood of a deer, and the dog rushed at him, trying to tear it up. She was sent to the Führer's country house, but it was impossible to keep her, because she inspired fear in all the staff. In the end she was euthanized.
Restriction in breeding Sheepdog Daufman
After the war, the history of the Daufman Shepherd did not end: according to some reports, about 42 thousand individuals were exported to different countries around the world. But since there was no need for such a dog, other breeds began to be derived from it (although the experiments did not have a successful conclusion):
- superdog - was introduced for the protection of military facilities, was larger and more powerful than a shepherd, and also immune to radiation;
- Maykong - the result of crossing a super dog with a savannah dog, it was supposed to be used to fight terrorists.
All of these breeds were recognized as killer dogs.
After the war, there were attempts to create new dog breeds based on the Daufman Shepherd Dog
Nowadays, no one specifically breds the Daufman Sheepdog as a breed. In German shepherds, any individuals that have shown aggressiveness to humans or signs of an unstable psyche are derived from reproduction programs, since such qualities make any dog potentially dangerous to humans. There is no way to meet or specifically purchase the Daufman Shepherd. But still, many states have established rules for the maintenance of this breed, which indicate the need:
- sterilization of an individual;
- walking strictly in the muzzle and on the leash;
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The Daufman Sheepdog is a product of fascist power, as ferocious and cruel as the whole regime. It is good that this dog remains only on the pages of history and every year it is increasingly moving away from us.